The sketchbook is—to borrow a term from the new millenniums’ popular discourse—an artist’s BFF. It’s a diary for the visually inclined—a place where artists can most comfortably explore their personal thoughts, work out their visual needs, practice, maintain a visual history, and hopefully create the unpolished work that will eventually lead to amazing work for the world to see.

But, sometimes, when we’re lucky, we get to see the process. Below are 50 beautiful sketchbook scans from 35 talented artists.

Allen Sutton

Mattias Adolfsson

Laura More Amore

David Fullarton

Irena Zablotska

Rafael Bertone

Alena Lavdovskaya

Beka Pkhakadze

Christian Borku

David Sossella

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Grino

Anna Rusakova

Hanna Viktorsson

Ignacio Veiga

Irina Vinnik

Jenkins Jenkins

Jose Domingo Betancur Gomez

Joshua Philippe

Julia-Grigorieva

Katia Petrunina

Kyle Letendre

L Filipe dos Santos

Luishock

Mamz Hu

Michael Murdock

Nacho-Yague

Nicolas Cuestas

Ooli

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Roger Haus

Sabine ten Lohuis

Taylor White

Timothy Duong

Trevor Henry

Yissus Galiana

Author:

Shane Ward is a Contributing Editor of Groundwave Media Group (a Toronto-based web publishing company), which includes sites such as Freshbump—a social news site that provides daily visual inspiration to its readers, Collect3d (about designer toys) and Format Magazine (about urban art and fashion).